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Addieville Man Cited Following Boat Crash

An Addieville was cited on multiple charges related to a boating accident with injuries that occurred on the Kaskaskia River on July 19.

Kenneth Mueller, 20, was operating a boat with four people on board when it crashed into a tree near the shore approximately a half-mile west of the Covington Road Bridge.

According to the report, Mueller was traveling upriver at a high rate of speed when he tried to turn to avoid hitting a log in the water. The boat, a 17-foot Tracker Pro 175, struck a tree near the shore on the bow.

As a result of the impact, all five occupants of the boat were thrown forward, with multiple occupants falling out of the boat. Two additional boats behind Mueller’s loaded injured occupants and transported the five people involved in the crash to a private boat launch at Covington Road.

The four passengers on the boat, Madison Powell, 19, Kaitlin Manker, 19, Amanda Barnett, 19, Kolden Rapien, 19, were admitted to a hospital with various injuries. Mueller refused treatment.

Mueller was cited for multiple violations by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, including consumption of alcohol by a minor, careless boat operation, as well as citations for failure to present boat certification, expired registration, operation of a watercraft without personal floating devices, and other charges.

His first court appearance is set for September 8 in Clinton County.

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